Communication Systems
Panagiotis Mathiopoulos  Undergraduate 
(A+)
Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
The course aims to present an introduction to the scientific field of (tele) communications systems. This course teaches the theory of transmission and reception of analogue and digital signals. The mode and implementation of classic analog (amplitude and frequency modulation, AM & FM) is studied as well as their performance in additive Gaussian noise channels. Furthermore, the theory of converting analog signals into digital modes is taught and an introduction to transmit and receive digital signals on channels with additive Gaussian noise (AWGN) is presented.

The course targets the undergraduate students of Geology and Geoenvironment and it is aiming in the acquisition of basic knowledge on sampling and chemical analysis of solid samples and natural water, the training of the students in the chemical laboratory and the exercise in applying QA/QC methods on geochemical data and the writing of relevant scientific reports.

Principles and Institutions of Law
NikolaosKomninos Hlepas, Georgia Giannakourou  Undergraduate 
(A)
Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
main notionsdistinctions, sources of law, definition, the law as a legal, political and social phenomenon, historical development, theories and functions of law, fundamental notions and institutions of private and public law.

Every region and era is characterized by specific musical stylistic idioms and styles. The nature of available musical instruments is one determinant of such differences. The course uses the construction of certain musical instruments as a starting point for exploring various musical idioms and styles. It consists of seminars acquainting students with musical culture, but also workshops of constructing musical instruments.

Probability Theory I
Antonis Economou  Undergraduate 
(A+)
Department of Mathematics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
The objective of the course Probability Theory I is the development of basic skills for the modeling and mathematical analysis of processes with some kind of randomness.
The development of probabilistic thinking is a fundamental component of modern scientific literacy. Its significance has been recognized in a variety of fields. Indeed, apart from the classical applications in the natural sciences, the probabilistic thinking is fundamental for the decision making in healthrelated issues, for the risk assessment in economic and actuarial problems etc. Moreover, Probability Theory is the prerequisite and foundation of Statistics which is nowadays used widely in the natural, social and economic sciences, as well as in biology and medicine.
Probability Theory I introduces the students in the basic probabilistic models and computational tools, by combining the mathematical approach with conceptual and intuitive understanding.
The course is addressed to sophomore (undergraduate 2nd year) students in Mathematics, Statistics, the Natural Sciences and Engineering who have a basic background in Calculus.

Combinatorics I
Antonis Economou  Undergraduate 
(A)
Department of Mathematics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
The field of Combinatorics deals with the counting of the number of constructions that can be built form the elements of a set with a specified structure and properties. The objective of Combinatorics is the development of methods and analytic and algorithmic techniques for the efficient counting of the number of constructions with some specified structure and properties.
In other words, Combinatorics answers questions of the following type:
In how many ways can I do something?
How many objects have a given property?
For example:
In how many ways can I order 10 distinct objects in a row?
How many different 5member committees can be made from a set of 30 individuals?
How many numbers between 1 and 100 are divisible either by 3 or by 5?
How many columns are possible in a football bet?
How many different results are possible in a Lotto?
Since the problems of counting of certain structures appear very frequently in random experiments, the knowledge of Combinatorics is essential to facilitate the understanding and computations in problems of probability. Moreover, combinatorial ideas occur in almost any area of Mathematics.
Combinatorics I introduces the students in the basic combinatorial problems and the methods that have been developed for their solution.
The course is addressed to freshmen (undergraduate 1st year) students in Mathematics, Statistics, the Natural Sciences and Engineering. The course has no prerequisites, apart from its last part who presupposes some basic knowledge of Calculus (power series, in particular the geometric and the exponential series.

American Legends
Christina Dokou  Undergraduate 
(A+)
Faculty of English Language and Literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Myths, legends, and folktales seem never to go out of style, constantly making comebacks (and not only in popular culture). Why the appeal? Besides pleasantly satisfying escapist tendencies or our need for sensational answers to our existential questions, and exercising our imagination, myths and legends have survived as the synecdoche for, and condensation of, the defining character of a nation or a culture. This course, through its detailed examination of Americanborn legends and myths created and disseminated from the 15th to the early 19th century will attempt to elucidate the defining traits of the nascent culture of the United States. Such knowledge can then be used in consequent evaluations of the North American literature and cultural phenomena. Following the theoretical approach of American Cultural Studies critic Stephen Greenblatt, who sees culture and text as interacting through the manipulation of communicational “codes,” the myths and legends will be examined both as literary (or oratory) statements and as negotiators of cultural norms. At the same time, those legends also serve as charter agents of a more shadowy kind, equally trafficking problematic concepts and rules that culture would otherwise refuse to acknowledge openly. Students will therefore be called upon to evaluate and comment both on the overt and clandestine—to the point of becoming deconstructed—meanings of the stories of, among others, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, Calamity Jane, Pecos Bill, John Henry, Ragged Dick, La Llorona, and a number of texts about the First Peoples that show the influences of their persecuted cultures on their supplanters.

Teaching of mathematics II
Despina Potari  Undergraduate 
(A)
University of Athens Department of Mathematics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
The course aims to deepen the students in the Teaching of Mathematics issues have come to a first level in the compulsory subject of Teaching Mathematics I.
The content of the course relates to the following areas:
• Teaching mathematics as a discipline (1st week)
• Curricula and textbooks (2nd week)
• The concept of mathematical activity (3rd week)
• Investigating students' mathematical thinking in specific areas (4; 5; 6 weeks)
• Problem solving in the teaching of mathematics (7 weeks)
• Arguments and evidence in the teaching of mathematics (8th; 9th week)
• The development of teaching materials (10th week)
• The teaching of mathematics in the classroom (11th; 12th week)
• Social dimensions of learning and teaching of mathematics (13th week)

Linear Algebra I
Aristides Kontogeorgis  Undergraduate 
(A+)
Department of Mathematics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

VLSI circuit design
Angela Arapoyanni  Undergraduate 
(A+)
Department of Informatics and Telecomunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
The course is an introduction to the manufacturing processes of integrated circuits and their design principles, aiming to prepare students to understand the special characteristics of VLSI circuits. The whole cycle of processes required for the implementation of integrated circuits is described and the basic individual processes (oxidation, doping methods, photolithography, and thin film deposition) are reported in brief. Then, physical design and design rules are introduced and layout examples are studied in laboratory. Finally, the basic design principles at the level of electronic circuit are presented for both digital and analog applications.
